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Saturday, October 22, 2005

Royals - Claimed Madritsch

Kansas City Royals - Claimed P Bobby Madritsch off waivers from the Seattle Mariners.

It’s the roster crunch time of the year and the Mariners, with 5 players on the 60-day disabled list, have to clear quite a few spots before they even start talking about offseason acquisition.  Bobby Madritsch is one of the easier decisions to make as his 2005 season ended 5 innings into his first start due to a torn rotator cuff.    The Royals are a bit more desperate than the Mariners are, so Madritsch is a no-risk pickup for them.  Madritsch did have a very good fastball before the injury and I think if he’s healthy, could contribute at least as a LOOGY.  At the least, he should be a not-too-horrible pitcher at the back of the rotation for the Royals and when you’re the Royals, not-too-horrible is a desirable line to see on a player’s resumé.


2006 ZiPS Projection - Bobby Madritsch
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W   L   G GS   IP   H   ER HR BB SO   ERA
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7 10 26 24 145 143   77 12 76 97 4.78

Dan Szymborski Posted: October 22, 2005 at 03:46 PM | 15 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Benji Posted: October 22, 2005 at 08:03 PM (#1698036)
I like this move. If Bobby recovers, he's a heck of a lefty power pitcher.
   2. Halofan Posted: October 22, 2005 at 09:21 PM (#1698088)
Let's see him pitch inside to the righties when his teammates are not even paying attention enough to back him up when the batter charges the mound.
   3. penguinmobile Posted: October 22, 2005 at 09:23 PM (#1698091)
Bully for the Royals. Madritsch is a risk well worth taking and I wish the M's could have justified keeping him around as a paperweight to see how he turns out.
   4. penguinmobile Posted: October 22, 2005 at 09:26 PM (#1698093)
Let's see him pitch inside to the righties when his teammates are not even paying attention enough to back him up when the batter charges the mound.

How's that ulcer working out for you? Need any other grudges to chew on?
   5. The Ancient Mariner Posted: October 23, 2005 at 03:34 AM (#1698862)
As much as I hate to say it, Mads is done. Go dig up the accounts of his surgery and treatment -- iirc, the docs had never seen anything like his shoulder before. He might have a 1% chance of contributing at all, but that's about it (and the M's know it, or they never would have let him go).
   6. Dan Szymborski Posted: October 23, 2005 at 03:38 PM (#1699167)
They expected him to be about ready to throw before the latest labrum surgery. Madritsch has already survived some pretty ugly surgeries - he missed a year after having his labrum *and* his rotator cuff *and* his bicep a while back. Who thought Jason Kendall would come back so quickly and effectively from that horrific injury? I've learned by now not to underestimate the resolve of a professional athlete combined with the latest in medicine.
   7. SMK Posted: October 23, 2005 at 03:47 PM (#1699173)
This makes me sad as Mads was one of the few fun parts of the M's to watch the last couple years.

There was an interesting quote from Bavasi in the Seattle Times article on his release:

"We have been very concerned about Bobby's overall health and his approach to improving it," GM Bill Bavasi said in the club's announcement yesterday.

Ouch.
   8. penguinmobile Posted: October 23, 2005 at 04:17 PM (#1699202)
Ouch indeed. Maybe they learned something from the Ryan Anderson years after all.
   9. The Ghost's Tryin' to Reason with Hurricane Season Posted: October 23, 2005 at 04:25 PM (#1699218)
And that wraps up the story of yet another live arm that the Seattle organization shredded. USS Mariner, in their thread on this transaction, noted the number of high-pitch outings that Madritsch had in the waning months of 2004, when there was no good reason to risk his previously-injured arm. During the 2005 season, USSM also analyzed all the MLB organizations for pitching injuries, and Seattle showed some of the worst results, if not THE worst.

The departure of Bryan Price won't help. In fact, he was probably the best pitching coaches that they've had in the last 10 years, and there have been several.
   10. penguinmobile Posted: October 23, 2005 at 04:32 PM (#1699229)
In fact, he was probably the best pitching coaches that they've had in the last 10 years, and there have been several.


My edit:

In fact, he was probably the <strike>only</strike> only pitching coach<strike>es</strike> that they've had in the last 10 years, and there have been several people who've had that title.
   11. The Ghost's Tryin' to Reason with Hurricane Season Posted: October 23, 2005 at 05:36 PM (#1699361)
What, pmob, no love for Stan Williams? Shouldnt' you be drywalling, anyway?

I actually thought Bobby Cueller was a good coach, but I can't remember another one that I'd allow on the bench myself.
   12. Dan Szymborski Posted: October 23, 2005 at 06:28 PM (#1699500)


<U>Bill Bavasi</U> Posted: October 23, 2005 at 02:37 PM (#1712553)

We contacted the world's leading phrenologist in order to help us understand why pitchers injure their arms. Apparently, there's a portion of the head that controls clutchishness and clutchishness and veteranificifity are what determines if pitchers injure their arms. We strongly recommended that Bobby see our plastic surgeon about having his skull surgically altered, but he's not clutch enough to be a Mariner.
   13. The Ancient Mariner Posted: October 24, 2005 at 03:53 AM (#1700873)
Kendall's injury is no comp. There really isn't a comp for what happened to Mads' shoulder this season. I love the guy and I hope he comes back, but the odds that he has enough stuff to succeed after this just aren't there.
   14. penguinmobile Posted: October 24, 2005 at 03:56 AM (#1700881)
I actually thought Bobby Cueller was a good coach, but I can't remember another one that I'd allow on the bench myself.

I'm trying to remember which pitcher it was that did an impression of Nardi Contreras coming to the mound... "Say, uh, Lou's getting kind of mad, so I, uh, came out..."
   15. SMK Posted: October 24, 2005 at 05:25 AM (#1701021)
I'm trying to remember which pitcher it was that did an impression of Nardi Contreras coming to the mound... "Say, uh, Lou's getting kind of mad, so I, uh, came out..."

I have no idea which pitcher, but this totally made me laugh out loud. Ahh, the good ol' days....

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